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I am new to iKnife Collector. Just joined recently. I not only have a knife collection but am also into guns and hunting.
Here are some photos of my favorite gun. It is a Model 1873 Winchester rifle. It was manufactured in 1891. It is .38-40 caliber.
I hope my father didn't put too much money into it. He paid $5 for it. His cousin had bought it for $8 and needed some money and sold it to Dad. That doesn't sound like a lot now but when he bought it about 1930, he was making 15 cents an hour. At the time it was almost a weeks pay for him.
It may not be in mint condition, but for being over 120 years old, it is not in bad condition. Mechanically it is perfect. It still shoots just fine. For nearly the first century of its life it received no special treatment. It just stood in the corner with the rest of the guns. It was a using gun.
I wish I knew its history between 1891 and 1930. Who knows what stories it could tell if it could talk.
Michael, you didn't disrupt the thread. The more replies to it the better. Also would love to see more of your pics and discussions posted in the Arsenal group. That is the reason for the knife contest, to promote more interest and participation in the group.
BTW, nice '94. Looks like an earlier model. Do you know when it was made?
That is why I post this link whenever I get a chance.
Date of mfg. 1909
Chambered for the .25-35
First firearm I ever owned was a early model Winchester .30-30, it was also the first firearm I ever sold...arg!!!
Michael, I know how you feel about selling a gun. In my young and dumb days I sold or traded a lot of guns. Several of which I wish I still had.
Your '94 and my '73 are both over 100 years old!
Very nice old Winchester there Charles!!!!!!!!
Very nice piece! I have never had the pleasure of handling one of those.
I love that gun!!! My first gun was a Winchester 94ranger, its very short, perfect bush gun, and it loads .45cal.LC rounds.
Winchester rifles are a flawless design. The perfect all around rifle. Thanks for sharing that one.
Both are beautiful old school rifles from back when QC and workman's pride were obviously more important, even with production guns.
Wouldn't you have loved to be the first to unwrap either one?
Thanks for sharing.
Carl, I imagine whoever first unwrapped my '73 back in 1891 was very proud of it. Of course if it had been me there is little if any probability that I would be here to tell about now. I am sure about it being in my family since about 1930. My father bought it from a cousin but I have no idea how long he had it. I do know the cousin also bought it used.
I sure wish it could talk so it could tell me its history between 1891 and 1930!
Thats really nice, !!!!!
A real piece of history right there. Congrats.